Many of you will be watching tonight's Academy Awards ceremony; about a year ago, I wrote an entry on Carole Lombard and the only time she was nominated for an Oscar (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/80480.html). So if you're wondering why I'm not writing about the Academy Awards, well, now you know.
That's Sally Kirkland, who was nominated for Best Actress for "Anna" (and was very good in it) back in 1987; she mostly gets character roles these days in both films and TV, but as a former Oscar nominee, she gets the right to walk the red carpet into the ceremony every year -- and as you can tell, she enjoys it immensely. Wouldn't you? I met Sally about 20 years ago; she was a charming lady, and I'm sure she still is. And since Lombard is one of her favorite actresses (in the 1989 film "Cold Feet," her character has a picture of Carole taped to the inside of her vehicle), she's a favorite of mine.
Instead of an Oscar-related entry, we will look at two things I recently found by examining the fine Los Angeles Times historical blog "The Daily Mirror." And both not only come from the same issue, but the same page -- Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1939, page 15.
First, check out this advertisement:
That's right -- precisely 70 years ago today (Feb. 22), "Made For Each Other" premiered in Los Angeles. It opened in two theaters -- Loew's State, downtown at 7th and Broadway, and the famed Grauman's Chinese on Hollywood Boulevard, not far from where tonight's Academy Awards are being held. Note that it's a double feature with the 20th Century-Fox "B" comedy "Pardon Our Nerve," a trend that had developed in the industry during the 1930s.
The other item answers a question we had asked recently: What ultimately happened to Scarlett, the burro Carole had been given as a birthday present the previous October by Selznick International publicist Russell Birdwell (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/181435.html)? Read Kendall, in his column "Around And About In Hollywood," tells us:
"The donkey that Carole Lombard presented to Andy Devine's son, Tad, answers to the name of Scarlett."
Andy Devine (1905-1977), a reliable character actor best known for westerns but who appeared in all sorts of films, was a popular personality in the movie community. (He was good friends with both Lombard and Clark Gable.) Tad, who is still with us, was four years old when Lombard gave him the burro.
Here's the Times page in its entirety: